URDT Institute for Vocational Training and Youth Leadership

vocational leadershipYouth employability cannot be ignored in the search for sustainable development strategies

 Aim: The URDT Institute's aim is to economic empowerment of the youth by creating a critical mass of all-round male and female entrepreneurs who have integrity and the capacity to improve their own situation, create their own jobs, are responsible citizens and contribute to larger development goals.

The Institute was established in 1993 and offers:

-long-term training in vocational skills, combined with training in entrepreneurship, business management, leadership, humanities, social sciences and development studies.

-short term courses in employable skills in farming as a business, bricklaying and concrete practice, metal works and mechanics, carpentry, tailoring and knitting machine repairs, establishment of a bakery, food processing and others.

 The URDT Institute has the capacity to train 40 students on annual basis for the 2 years integrated course and over 200 students on short term courses.

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 Graduate in her own tailoring shop                    Graduates in their carpentry workshop

URDT graduates found employment in various parts of the region. There are 7 groups of welders and mechanics in Kagadi town, 3 groups of tailors, 3 groups involved in carpentry, 2 groups in art crafts and design, 1 group in food processing, 5 secretarial bureaus and 1 CSO thanks to the initiatives of our graduates.

The tool refurbished programme enabled 30 artisans to gain skills in tools refurbishing. Over 600 artisan groups have been trained in entrepreneurship and business management and 3300 artisans from Hoima, Kibaale, Kyenjojo, Kasese and Bundibugyo have accessed tools.

The Institute also trained 68 FAL instructors, 58 community based technicians (of which 25% are women), 80 birth attendants and over 50 solar technicians from various districts. For more results, see table at the bottom and the mini-estates project for farmers' training.

Management and Partnerships

 The URDT Institute is headed by a Principle. It has 5 teachers and 5 trainers. Subject matter specialists are hired from the other URDT departments on part-time basis.

 The Institute has good working relationships with the Ministry of Education and Sports, St. Peters' vocational institutes, Uganda Association of Private Vocational Institutions (UGAPRIVI), ETC-the Netherlands, Tools to Work (former Derde Wereld Werkplaats)- the Netherlands, Tools for Self Reliance-UK, PUM-the Netherlands and PRICON-Uganda.

 The Institute has established a Service and Training Centre for Sewing and Knitting with the following purposes:

 1) refurbish sewing- and knitting machines for sale to artisans, vocational training institutions (VTIIs) and graduates of training courses

 2) sales of spare parts and repair services to the above

 3) training in tailoring, knitting and maintenance for youth to gain meaningful employability

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Activities and results over the last 5 years

Trainees

Type of training

# students

Total

IMPACT

M

F

Rural Youth from the Bunyoro Region

Integrated Vocational Skills Course

1350

650

2,000

·       610 self-employed;

·       890 employed by government and private companies;

·      500 are engaged in agricultural production for the market. see also the mini-estates project for farmers' training.

Urban youth

Vocational and leadership training

121

79

200

·       50 have started own jobs;

·       25 are employed by Kampala Capital City Authority.

Artisans from Hoima, Kibaale, Kyenjojo, Kasese and Bundibugyo Districts

Business management and entrepreneurship

850

550

1,400

·      Over 600 artisan groups have accessed tools directly;

·      Artisans have capacity to meet basic needs such as medical care; educate children, graduated from mud and wattle housing to brick housing (improved housing), support to spouses through start of small retail trade and farm projects;

·     Short term skill and vocational training to 3300 individuals representing groups;

·     A tools refurbishing & training center established at URDT to support the work of artisans.

·      Respect for artisanship as a trade as a source of livelihood in rural Uganda improved.

Vocational Training Institutions

Repair and maintenance of sewing and knitting machines

6

9

15

·  over 800 youth have been trained by 15 trainers from VTIs;

·     reduced costs on repairs from VTIs.

·     sustainable income for trainees.

Youth from Kibaale District

Modular non-formal skills training

74

6

80

·      25 are self-employed;

·  30 employed in local garages and workshops.

 

rainees

Type of training

# students

Total

IMPACT

M

F

Rural Youth

Integrated Vocational Skills Course

1350

650

2,000

·         0ver 600 self-employed

·         Over 900 employed by government and private companies.

·         500 have practical and leadership skills and are engaged in agricultural production

Urban youth

Vocational and leadership training

121

79

200

·         50 have started own jobs

·         25 are employed by Kampala Capital City Authority

ArtisanS from 5 districts

Business management and entrepreneurship

850

550

1,400

·         Over 600 artisan groups have accessed tools directly.

·         Artisans have capacity to meet basic needs such as medical care, educate children, graduated from mud and wattle housing to brick housing (improved housing), support to spouses through start of small retail trade and farm projects.

·         Short term skill and vocational training to 3300 individuals representing groups.

·         A tools refurbishing & training center established at URDT to support the work of artisans

·         Respect for artisanship as a trade as a source of livelihood in rural Uganda improved

Vocational Training Institutions

Repair and maintenance of sewing and knitting machines

6

9

15

·         Over 800 youth have been trained by 15 trainers from VTIs

·         Reduced costs on repairs from VTIs

·         Sustainable income for trainees

Youth

Modular non-formal skills training

74

6

80

·         25 are self employed

·         30 employed in local garages and workshops